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Volume 11 Number 1
January / February / March 2017


HIFICRITIC Volume 11 Number 1 January / February / March 2017


Reviewed In This Issue
Hi-Fi Magazines Struggling And The Internet
Editorial By Paul Messenger


4 Stan's Safari No37
In which Stan asks some pertinent questions about 'high end' pricing


6 Sound & Vision Bristol 2017
Jason Kennedy reports from Britain's biggest annual hi-fi show


8 MP3 Re-Evaluated
Keith Howard looks at the sometimes surprising results of evaluating digital compression codec


MQA - Is the Tide Turning? A recent TIDAL announcement suggests that MQA may finally be coming of age – or is it just irrelevance? Article By Andrew Everard
11 MQA – Is The Tide Turning?
Andrew Everard asks whether MQA is finally coming of age – or is it just an irrelevance?
Article By Andrew Everard


14 Leema Tucana Anniversary Edition
Martin Colloms assesses a substantially re-worked version of the Tucana II integrated amplifier


McIntosh MP100 Phono Stage With Analog Output And Hi-Res Audio Digital Output Review
16 McIntosh MP100 With Analog And Hi-Res Audio Digital Output
Andrew Harrison reviews McIntosh's first ever phono stage, complete with digital output.
Review By Andrew Harrison


18 Jern14 DS
A miniature speaker made of cast iron? Just add subwoofers to get close to the state-of-the-art


21 DSD: Revival Or Throwback?
Andrew Everard delves deeply into digital audio, discovering a crucial link between DSD and analogue


24 The Silver Disc's Golden Age
Julian Musgrave rounds up no fewer than five serious CD/SACD players. Reviewing the Ayon CD-35, the Esoteric K-01X, the Luxman D-06u, the McIntosh MCD550, and the T+A PDP 3000 HV


32 MFA Reference Phono Amplifier Andrew Harrison tries one of the most elaborate and costly phono stages around


34 Music Boxes
Martin Colloms examines the dramatic sales explosion of sound docks and Bluetooth music boxes.


38 Heresy?
Richard Dunn (NVA) and Paul Messenger provocatively examine the future of the hi-fi business


40 User Experiences Matter
Technology journalist Peter Aylett states that hi-fi must improve the user-experience for younger consumers


HIFICRITIC Volume 11 Number 1 January / February / March 2017


42 NAD C 368
One of three new digital amplifiers, Andrew Everard, checks out a modern NAD integrated amplifier


44 Lejonklou Boazu + Gaio
Chris Frankland tries an ultra-simple integrated amplifier and phono stage from Sweden's Lejonklou


47 PS Audio Lanrover
USB audio isn't all it could be, so Andrew Everard describes a clever idea from the USA


48 HiFiCRITIC Awards 2016
Our retrospective awards come in three forms: Audio Excellence, Recommended and Best Buy

50 Index To Vol 10 (2016)


52 Favouritew Things
Kevin Fiske picks out ten long-term favourites from his record collection


54 Jazz Picks
Greg Drygala selects six new and noteworthy jazz releases


56 The Best Classical
Several recent classical releases reviewed by Colin Anderson


58 Dreaming Awake
Julian Musgrave describes a fascinating 2x CD release from Philip Glass


59 Rock, Pop And Other Nice Music
Nigel Finn is unwell, so Richard Clews is helping out


60 Subjective Sounds
Paul Messenger's usual miscellany



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